Gruff Rhys - Seeking New Gods
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #63 / 513
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Based on 147 ratings
2021 Ratings: #337
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

For the first time in years, Rhys hasn’t restricted himself musically: here are nine songs that confidently mix Station To Station piano, Beach Boys harmonies, kosmische guitar and even free jazz.

90
Gigwise

The LP is so separate and yet stitched together with an overriding consistency. It all runs parallel to how despite how much the world changes and humans evolve, mountains hardly alter. A great album.

90
God Is in the TV

Entering his fourth decade of penning gorgeous, idiosyncratic tunes sewn across the hearts of many, Rhys shows no sign of running out of the joyful creativity that makes his work so special.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Seeking New Gods is a fantastic album – and certainly one of Rhys’s best.

90
musicOMH

Seeking New Gods is simultaneously thought provoking, questioning, elegant and unsettled – but it is fundamentally a feelgood album. We find Gruff Rhys at his most natural, his winning blend of a slight, endearing shyness balanced by extrovert, psychedelic tendencies.

80
Mojo

As on 2018’s Babelsberg and 2019’s Pang!, Rhys excels at holding anxiety and unease up to the light without becoming harsh; Seeking New Gods keeps that balance beautifully.

80
NME
In ‘Seeking New Gods’, Gruff Rhys has yet again crafted another pop gem of an album. And while we hopelessly yearn for another Super Furries record in the not-too-distant future, their eccentric frontman continues to thrash out an impressive legacy of his own.
80
DIY

Less wildly daring than its predecessors, yet remaining totally assured in its vision, ‘Seeking New Gods’ stands as another finely-crafted addition to Gruff Rhys’ illustrious repertoire.

80
PopMatters

Gruff Rhys' Seeking New Gods is another wonderfully adventurous, multifaceted, stirring, and all-around eternal collection from this psychedelic pop artist.

80
The Irish Times

Themes of intimacy and the personal fold in to create a compelling interplay between geology and humanity, memory and time.

80
AllMusic

The execution ... is direct in a way Rhys hasn't been since the dissolution of Super Furry Animals, and that boldness feels something like a homecoming even if he's exploring new ground throughout Seeking New Gods.

80
Record Collector

Rhys is one of those rare talents that hits the target every time, and Seeking New Gods is another enlightening experience.

80
American Songwriter

The end result is a festive power pop brew, a combination that mines instinct and intelligence. It’s fair to say then that Seeking New Gods is indeed a truly divine experience.

77
Spectrum Culture

Seeking New Gods takes the power of pop to new levels, showing why this is one Welshman who always has plenty to say.

76
Pitchfork

Coated in Rhys’ signature candy-sweet psychedelia and rippling with the immediacy of his touring band’s performances, Seeking New Gods ranks among his best and most imaginative solo albums.

70
Loud and Quiet
The record never erupts into something truly unexpected, but it offers comfort in its golden melodies.
70
Clash

This is an album that seems to pack ideas into every available crevice. Its brevity might lead some to think it slight, but those who persevere with ‘Seeking New Gods’ will find yet more evidence of Gruff Rhys’ undaunted off piste genius.

Music_Nerds
64
Kind of lounge music and a little sleepy but often surprising changes kept me fairly interested.
TheCarioca
77
Mausoleum Of My Former Self - 4/5
Can’t Carry On - 5/5 ❤
Loan Your Loneliness - 3/5
Seeking New Gods - 4/5
Hiking In Lightning - 3/5
Holiest Of The Holy Men - 4/5
The Keep - 4/5
Everlasting Joy - 5/5 ❤
Distant Snowy Peaks - 3/5
TommyCook
77
It’s pretty, and it’s spacey. I’d argue that it is pretty spacey. Kind of reminds me of Matt Berry’s record but only if it was less psychedelic with slightly better vocals
Brihongol
70
Feel good rain music but I don't even feel it as psychedelic as I though.
currentjoyys
66
FAVORITE TRACK: The Keep

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Mausoleum Of My Former Self

I'm gonna be so real with all of you, I hate music like this. I really hate psychedelic pop and music that has vocals like this. But Seeking New Gods is different. The Beach Boys like harmonies helps elevate a lot of these tracks, since the instrumentals are pretty plain for the most part. For the most part does exclude the awesome jazz elements on tracks like The Keep and Everlasting Joy. Seeking New Gods is not ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mausoleum Of My Former Self
  2. Can’t Carry On
  3. Loan Your Loneliness
  4. Seeking New Gods
  5. Hiking In Lightning
  6. Holiest Of The Holy Men
  7. The Keep
  8. Everlasting Joy
  9. Distant Snowy Peaks
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Added on: March 15, 2021